SPIRITUAL GIFTS BIBLE STUDY
WHAT ARE SPIRITUAL GIFTS
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SPIRITUAL GIFTS BIBLE STUDY
WHAT ARE SPIRITUAL GIFTS
Most people think of
their gifts as their talents. Most people believe that THEY have
acquired these talents on their own, through knowledge, study
and practice.But what is the origin of these gifts and/or talents within?
Why does one person select one career and another select a
different one? Why does one person elect one
career and soar in it while another flounders? Was each person called
to a specific career? Were they given gifts and talents for this career
or did they acquire them during their lives ?
God gave specific Spiritual gifts for the intent of performing God's will and
the person who received the gifts used them to achieve worldly goals
and advance in worldly careers? Can a gift then be used for the wrong
2 Timothy 3:1-5
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters,
proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers,
incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors,
heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
HAVING A FORM OF
GODLINESS, BUT DENYING THE POWER THEREOF;
from such turn away.
There are many different types of
Spiritual gifts which we will discuss in this study. We will look into
Spiritual Gifts and their purpose. You will find the TRUTH that
Spiritual gifts are a spiritual ability that you receive from God,
through the Holy Spirit which you are to use to glorify the Lord ...
NOT selfish or worldly causes.
Do you have any
Spiritual gifts and if so
what are your Spiritual gifts? That is a question that you can begin
to seek answers to by asking yourself a few questions ... What can I
do, to best serve the Lord?What opportunities and talents has He
given to me that I can use to glorify Him? What do I enjoy doing that
truly serves Him?
He gave each of
us unique gifts and wove them into who you are, and He has a plan for
you to use those gifts. Oft times, God will put you into situations
where you can use the Spiritual gifts that He gave you.
No matter what
your own personal Spiritual gift(s) are, theyíre important to God. Let
me give you something to think about. Letís say you have a recipe and
you remove ONE ingredient ... For example the ingredient ... salt.
Let's say you take it out of all your recipe. It CHANGES the recipe.
itís only salt ... It usually dissolves and you canít even see it, but it
sure does make a difference. Think of your spiritual gifts as an
important ingredient to Christianity, no matter how small or how
extensive they may be. Don't underestimate the importance of the
Spiritual gifts that the Holy Spirit gives you, no matter how
insignificant YOU think it may be.
Actually, your gifts don't belong to you.The Holy Spirit didn't bestow them upon you simply for
your own benefit, but for the benefit of others, and so
that people would depend on one another. If we all had all gifts, what
would we need to depend on others for? Our Spiritual gifts help keep
SPIRITUAL GIFTS BIBLE STUDY RESEARCH FOR TRUTH
WHAT ARE SPIRITUAL GIFTS ADMINISTRATIONS
This is a wonderful
explanation by Paul, of how weíre all united in Christ and how we all
should depend on and appreciate one another and the Spiritual gifts
that each one of us has been blessed with. Letís take a look.
1 Corinthians 12:4-31
Now there are
diversities of gifts,
but the same Spirit. And
there are differences
of administrations, but
the same Lord. And there
are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the
manifestation of the Spirit
is given to EVERY man to
profit withal. For
is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom;
the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
faith by the same Spirit;
to another the gifts of
healing by the same Spirit;
the working of miracles;
prophecy; to another
discerning of spirits; to
another divers kinds of
tongues; to another
the interpretation of tongues:
But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit,
dividing to EVERY man severally
as He will. For as the
body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that
one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For
by one Spirit are we all
baptized into one body,
whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and
have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not
one member, but many. If
the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the
body; is it therefore not of the body?
And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of
the body; is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body
were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing,
where were the smelling? But now hath God set the members every
one of them in the body, as it hath pleased Him. And if they
were all one member, where were the body? But now are they many
members, yet but one body. And the eye cannot say unto the hand,
I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have
no need of you. Nay, much more those members of the body, which
seem to be more feeble, are necessary: And those members of the
body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow
more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant
comeliness. For our comely parts have no need: but God hath
tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to
that part which lacked. That there should be no schism in the
body; but that the members should have the same care one for
another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer
with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with
it. Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
And God hath set some in the church,
miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments,
diversities of tongues.
Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all
workers of miracles? Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak
with tongues? do all interpret? But covet earnestly the best
gifts: and yet shew I unto
you a more excellent way.
What did Paul mean by that last
sentence? It's good to sincerely desire to do the best things FOR GOD
... BUT, Paul adds, I'm gonna show you something that
will make your demonstration of those gifts even BETTER! Oh my, yes!
Throw a little LOVE into the recipe and then youíve got
the right idea. Paul Continues:
1 Corinthians, Chapter 13
Though I speak with the tongues of men
and of Angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding
brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of
prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and
though I have all Faith, so that I could remove mountains, and
have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods
to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and
have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth
long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not
itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly,
seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the TRUTH; Beareth
all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth
all things. Charity never faileth: but whether there be
prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they
shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that
which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be
done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood
as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put
away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly;
but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know
even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, charity,
these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
In other words ... You can have EVERY
gift that God has to offer but without charity and Love ... It is as
Therefore ... It is the INTENT of the use of these
Spiritual gifts that is important.
Always remember to share your Spiritual gifts with lots of LOVE!
I'd like to talk a lil more
about what Paul revealed to us when he compares the Christians (Body
of Christ) to the human body. Whenever you consider yourself unworthy,
or the gifts that the Holy Spirit has freely given to you as being
unimportant or even unattainable, you impact the lives of others. If
you doubt or choose not to use the gifts that He has given you to
perform YOUR administration ... It affects the whole Christian body.
SPIRITUAL GIFTS BIBLE STUDY WARNING
WHAT ARE SPIRITUAL GIFTS DANGER
So, if you are a Christian and you have are not aware
of which Spiritual gifts you have been given or think you may know but
are just a lil scared to try to use them. What are you doing for the
cause? Are you not as the ostrich which has it's head buried in the
sand thinking everything is okay cuz you got your Salvation? What
about His other children which have not had TRUTH shared with them as
It is a spiritual chain and one broken link can have
so many fall. It's easy to understand this. Let us say that God
called John Doe to serve Him and reach and teach the lost. John Doe
showed many the way including YOU and Jane. Jane showed 100 people
this TRUTH and each of those 100 showed another 100 the TRUTH and so
on. You have a Spiritual chain.
But what if YOU chose to just say ...
Whoaaaa, I am glad I found the TRUTH, but shared it not with others?
Here is what Jesus said of this ...
kingdom of Heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who
called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And
unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another
one; to every man according to his several ability; and
straightway took his journey. Then he that had received the five
talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five
talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained
other two. But he that had received one went and digged in the
earth, and hid his lord's money. After a long time the lord of
those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. And so he that
had received five talents came and brought other five talents,
saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I
have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto
him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been
faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many
things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. He also that had
received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto
me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside
them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful
servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make
thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy
lord. Then he which had received the one talent came and said,
Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou
hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I
was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there
thou hast that is thine. His lord answered and said unto him,
Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where
I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest
therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my
coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take
therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath
ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he
shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken
away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable
servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing
of teeth. When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all
the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of
his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he
shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his
sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right
hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto
them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit
the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye
gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and
ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison,
and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him,
saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or
thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and
took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee
sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall
answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye
have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have
done it unto me. Then shall he say also unto them on the left
hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared
for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave
me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a
stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not:
sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also
answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or
athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did
not minister unto thee? Then shall He answer them, saying,
Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the
least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away
into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life
As you can see ... Jesus wants us to use what He
gives us to help others find their way just as we have when we become
It's easy to lose
sight of how we should use our Spiritual gifts. When you perform the
gift(s) that the Holy Spirit has bestowed upon you, ARE YOU
consciously aware of it as taking the gift that He has given, and
sharing it with the Lord's beloved people? Do you give it freely? Do
you like to take the credit for your talent or do you practice
humility and make certain that others (who don't understand as well as
you do) know that it is a gift of God, and that you are merely a
vessel by which HE is distributing HIS
Let's talk about
specific Spiritual gifts for a moment.
... What about doctors?True, most have not come by their profession
Spiritually, but though our society requires a degree to practice as a
doctor of any kind, some are Spiritually gifted in their
work. They are today's healers.Does that limit you or I to not being
able to heal without this degree?
SPIRITUAL GIFTS BIBLE STUDY ON THE GIFTS
WHAT ARE SPIRITUAL GIFTS TO BE USED FOR
In today's world, it seems that our gifts differ from
those that people possessed back in Paul's day, but is that really
true?Let us look into the gift of
No ... If God sees it
in HIS best interest to have you heal somebody FOR HIM...
You need no lil black bag or a degree. They will be healed BY HIM
through your words or deeds.
What about the gift of
You will find that our world today doesn't require this gift in the
same way that it did in Biblical times as the Word of God today is
spread through many other means of communication ...
HIS WORD GETS AROUND!
BUT ... If GOD
chose to have one of His servants speak in Tongues as to perform HIS
will. It is certainly possible. If you are one interested in or have
questions on this topic, I suggest you look into this study ...
SPIRITUAL GIFTS BIBLE STUDY ON SPEAKING IN TOUNGES
What about the
gift of prophecy?
Do we have people alive today who are God's Prophets? This is an
interesting question.Many people believe that God doesn't use
Prophets any longer. I'd like to suggest a couple of things for
you to consider. In our unbelieving world of today, if God did
send us the precious gift of a Prophet, who would believe?I'm gonna give you
a few seconds to think about your answer ...
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. . .
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Are we, as Christians not CALLED to share God's Word?
Are the prophets of old not they who did the same?
Is that not a prophet?
Peter tells us
in the book of the Acts of the Apostles, quoting scripture from
Joel 2:28-30, that the gift of prophecy will be given to men
and women in the End Times:
And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will
pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your
daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on
my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and
they shall prophesy.
etc.? If you look around, you'll see that there are people who are
gifted in many of the same ways, in our world today, as in Biblical
SPIRITUAL GIFTS BIBLE STUDY QUESTIONS
WHAT ARE SPIRITUAL GIFTS ANSWERS
Do you have
gifts that you don't even know about? Perhaps you are gifted with
something that you don't consider a 'gift' but is something that
touches other peoples' lives. Maybe hospitality is a gift of yours.
You may find it effortless, whereas someone who may be a fantastic
cook might have great difficulty making people feel welcome, whether
it be at home or at a Christian community gathering. If you've ever
seen the old movie "It's A Wonderful Life" you know that there are
many people who's lives you've affected just by being ... you. That
alone is a Spiritual gift. The fact that God created you, is evidence
that He has a plan for you, and that even if you can't put a title on
a specific 'gift' ... You ARE a gift to others.
WHETHER THAT GIFT IS SOMETHING THEY WANT
OR ARE WILLING TO ACCEPT OR NOT IS A TOTALLY DIFFERENT MATTER.
If someone gave
you a gift, and you thought it was too special to use or maybe better
said ... TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, what good does it do?It may be nice to
IMAGINE, but what does it profit anyone?If you are given gifts and
are to use them to help others and the person believed your efforts as
being too good to be true ... What good are they?
The same goes
for your OWN Spiritual gifts.What if those who are gifted with
musical ability didn't sing?What good does it do for anyone then?
Don't put your Spiritual gifts up on a shelf somewhere, and never use
It is a shame for them to go to waste.
Some people are jealous of other
peoples' Spiritual gifts, and this is a problem that apparently was
going on way back when, too. If the word jealous is too abrasive for
you, let's use the word ... envious. Paul explains, using the parts of
our physical body, as an example of how we should view our Spiritual
gifts as parts of the body of Christ, and not to misjudge your
How you use your gifts is important:
Romans 12:4-16; Or
ministry, let us wait on our ministering:
he that teacheth, on teaching; Or
he that exhorteth, on exhortation:
he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity;
he that ruleth, with diligence;
he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
Let love be without dissimulation.
Abhor that which is evil;
cleave to that which is good.
Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love;
in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business;
fervent in spirit;
serving the Lord;
Rejoicing in hope;
patient in tribulation; continuing
instant in prayer;
Distributing to the necessity of saints;
given to hospitality.
Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things,
but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own
For as we have many members in one
body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being
many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of
another. Having then gifts differing according to the Grace
that is given to us,
whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of
We should never take
advantage ofSpiritual gifts or take them for granted, whether they be
our gifts, or someone else's. As Paul said above, your gift is serving
the Lord, which deserves reverence, whether you are sharing or
A lot of people claim
that they don't have any gifts or talents, or that they just don't
know what their gifts are.Sometimes this is because they don't want
the responsibility that goes along with being gifted. Let me give you
Two year old Junior learned the ABC's from watching Sesame Street
every morning, but when mommy wants Junior to sing the ABC's for Aunt
Gertrude, he remains as silent as a clam.Not because he doesn't know
the ABC's, but because he is shy and sometimes fear can overwhelm us.
Do we realize the
happiness and the benefits that we are keeping from our fellow
Christians by not using our God given gifts? Sharing your Spiritual
gifts takes your precious time ... It's a sacrifice, for God. Whatever
you do for others, you do for the Lord. We all belong to Him ... We're
all A PART of Him. Do you have something better to do with your time
Others would absolutely LOVE to find their Spiritual
gifts and use them to help others. You need only seek to find.
There are other kinds
of Spiritual gifts, that aren't talent related ... But the kind that
are like presents, if you will. If you're a Christian who hasn't
recognized your Spiritual gifts, take a good look at these:
THE GIFT OF JESUS CHRIST
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have
THE GIFT OF THE
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of
you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and
ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is
unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off,
even as many as the LORD our God shall call.
If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your
children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy
Spirit to them that ask Him?
THE GIFT OF
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal
life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
THE GIFT OF GRACE
For by grace are ye saved through Faith; and that not of
yourselves: it is the gift of God
AND ... EVERY GOOD GIFT
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh
down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness,
neither shadow of turning.
God doesn't hide our
gifts from us. If you sincerely seek them, you'll find them ... Just
ask Him.The Lord won't deny your earnest prayer to fulfill the plan
that He has for you. Pray for the opportunity to discover your own
special niche. Often times, when we put our own plans aside and open
our heart to the guidance of the Holy Spirit, is when we truly
discover the gifts that God designed just for us.
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